Project Rap Rabbit Announced

Well, this is certainly an announcement we never saw coming! It’s a new game by PaRappa the Rapper creator Masaya Matsuura and Gitaroo Man creator Keiichi Yano! Here’s the teaser trailer for the title:

Plus a link to the official website. As you can see there isn’t much info there, but damn, the art and music certainly look great already. You’ve got the wacky character designs both are known for. The short bit of music on the site is as catchy as you’d expect. And well, with the game confirmed as a rhythm adventure title, it’s quite clear that it’s exactly what the fans are expecting. It’s basically gonna be like a new PaRappa the Rapper game. Or maybe a new Ouendan one.

And well, with those games being classics, no one can say no to that. Let’s hope the title ends up on Nintendo Switch at some point along the line too!


PaRappa the Rapper and Gitaroo Man creators announce Project Rap Rabbit (Gematsu)

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Comes to Nintendo Switch This Summer

It’s already available on every eighth generation console out there, but now WayForward has announced that their hit platformer Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is coming to Switch too! Yep, the game is coming to the system this summer, with HD rumble support.

Here’s their tweet confirming the news:

And that’s good news for anyone who missed out on the Wii U. Why? Because Shantae Half-Genie Hero is a really fantastic 2D platformer that many more people should get to experience. So yeah, by having it come to the Switch, Nintendo fans who didn’t buy a Wii U won’t be missing out on the game.

There also might be a few new things too, given the comments about ‘more details coming soon’. Not sure exactly what they could add, but it’d be good news none the less. Maybe Amiibo support could be a possibility?

Ah well, doesn’t matter. It’s a great game, it’s now coming to Nintendo Switch and it’ll be available this summer. So hey, what do you think? Are you excited for this game on Switch?

Nintendo Announces E3 2017 Plans

With E3 2017 coming up in under a month, many people have been excited about what Nintendo might bring to the table. After all, last year was a major shakeup of the formula, with Zelda Breath of the Wild being showcased for three days straight. And with comments going around that Nintendo would have a ‘big’ E3 this year, it’s only natural to wonder what exactly that all means.

Well, now we know. Because Nintendo have now revealed their plans for E3 2017 on their website. Here’s their site illustrating exactly what they’re going to be doing at the event.

As you can see, Super Mario Odyssey will be a heavily promoted game at their E3 2017 booth. Not surprising really, it’s one of their biggest games of the year. But either way, the title will be available for attendees to play at the event itself, and people watching from elsewhere will get new details about the game via their Digital Event.

Other games to be shown there haven’t been announced yet, but Reggie’s comments on Fox News imply a wide variety of them are going to be showcased here:

E3 is always a big time for Nintendo. We look at each E3 as a unique opportunity to tell our story. And we’re gonna have a big E3 this year. We’re going to be showcasing a variety of games. We will have experiences for… consumers will be able to attend the show for the very first time. So I’m not gonna tell you all of the various games and all of our little secrets for E3, but I can tell you that E3 is going to be a major opportunity for us to showcase not only Nintendo Switch, but also content coming to Nintendo 3DS.

This means that while Super Mario Odyssey is the main course, it’s certainly not going to be Nintendo’s only big announcement at the event.

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Nintendo Files Trademark Application for a Bowser Game

Hmm, this seems like an interesting bit of news coming from Nintendo! Cause as the title suggests, it seems like Nintendo has just applied for a trademark on Bowser’s name (in Japanese), with the intention of using it for video game programs and clothing! Here’s the trademark itself via the official Japanese trademark database.

For those who can’t read Japanese, it basically say it’s for video game programs and clothing, with the applicant name being ‘Nintendo Co Ltd’ (their Japanese company title).

But what are they planning to use the trademark for?

Well one possibility is that of a new, Bowser focused video game. That’s the theory a lot of gaming sites have come up with, and it’s certainly one that would really appreciated by Nintendo fans across the world. Maybe it could be a strategy game with the Koopa Troop as the main army. Or a beat em up section like the rampage sections in the fan game Super Mario Fusion Revival. An RPG, like Bowser’s Inside Story minus the Mario Bros.

As far as Bowser games go, the possibilities are basically endless.

It could also reference a series in production. Like, a full blown Bowser spinoff franchise with multiple games. That would at least explain why a truly ridiculous amount of possible products are mentioned here. Like clothing. Or even hotels!

Above: No, don’t make that joke. Please.

Unfortunately, there’s also another possibility here. Namely, that it means absolutely nothing.

Yeah, I know that sucks. But this is Nintendo, a company that registers trademarks on the off chance they’ll use them in future. I mean, look at some of the crazy Pokemon ones they’ve registered in recent years:

  • Pokemon Purple
  • Pokemon Crimson
  • As well as Pokemon Grey
  • And the inevitable Pokemon Z
  • Pokemon Opal
  • Plus finally Pokemon Brown

None of these have gone anywhere, and none are really expected to. They’re just there if they ever need them.

So yeah, that could be the case here too. No new game or series, just a trademark in case Nintendo ever considers making one. It’d suck if it were the case, but hey, it’s not outside the realm of possibility.

Still, let’s be positive for now. Assuming it is a new Bowser game they’re got in development, what exactly do you want it to be? A strategy game, RPG or beat em up? Something else?

Post your thoughts here or at the Gaming Latest forums today!


Nintendo Trademark Result for ‘Koopa’

Is a New Nintendo Direct Coming Next Week?

No, you’re not reading the title wrong. There is a plausible rumour going around that a new Nintendo Direct may indeed be coming within the next week.

That sounds crazy doesn’t it? I mean, wasn’t there one just a month back?

Yeah there was. But hear me out here. There really is clear evidence to suggest a Nintendo Direct could be approaching. Two pieces in fact.

One of which is a design change on the official Nintendo Direct website. You know, the Japanese one. If you do, you’ll notice how there’s now been space left among the Direct listings for another one. Here’s a comparison showing what I mean:

Nintendo Direct site (April 30th)
Nintendo Direct site current

As you can tell, the first picture shows a full grid of Nintendo Directs. No space for a new one, blah blah. The second one? That has a clear gap at the end, as if Nintendo is preparing to add another presentation to the list.

Which is exactly what they did last time a Nintendo Direct was announced. As shown in this NeoGAF post.

So that’s evidence 1 for a Nintendo Direct coming up.

Evidence 2 is Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga DX. Why?

Well, how much do you know about this game?

Yeah, I thought so. You know absolutely nothing about this game. There’s an icon, a title key and a regional title (Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions). Doesn’t that strike you as awfully suspicious?

Cause I’d say it should. Companies don’t randomly add information about games to their servers months before the game’s even been announced. Especially not at the same time as Ever Oasis, a game which actually has a set release date of June 23rd 2017.

So that leads me to believe Nintendo is planning to announce this game very soon, perhaps in the rumoured Nintendo Direct presentation. It also leads me to believe (quite logically) that the game will be released within the next few months or so, since the information seems to have already been prepared on the eShop servers.

Because of this, I don’t think an upcoming Nintendo Direct is as crazy as it may seem, and I genuinely think that the existence of this Mario & Luigi remake is as good evidence as any here. But hey, what about you? Do you think it’s logical to expect a Nintendo Direct soon?

Or are all the things mentioned mere coincidences that point to nothing interesting?

Post your thoughts on the matter here or at the Gaming Latest forums today!